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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.


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Mrs. David Brown Hamill

Maria Louise Sullivan Hamill was born in Mt. Vernon, Ind., Dec. 12, 1849, the daughter of Richard Lamb Sullivan and Maria Nettleton Sullivan.  Her father was a banker by profession.  The beautiful home in which she was born stands unchanged in Mt. Vernon and is now the residence of Col. Manzies.  Her childhood recollection of the Civil War is very vivid, their home being just across the Kentucky border and in the line of the famous Morgan's raid.  As a child she helped make bandages and prepare supplies for the sick and wounded, as many battles were fought near by.  The sudden death of her father was a tragedy in her life;  on a trip to New Orleans he died very suddenly from cholera.

She received her education in the public schools of Evansville and in a finishing school of that city.  On June 2, 1870, she was married to Maj. David Brown Hamill, of Keokuk, which city has since been her home.  Maj. Hamill is the oldest son of the late Smith Hamill, an Iowa pioneer and a man of splendid character, who founded the S. Hamill Co., wholesale grocers, of which firm Maj. Hamill is president.  They have three children living:  Mrs. Paul Dysart of Keokuk, Mrs. Frank B. Fry of St. Louis and Smith Hamill of Keokuk.  Mrs. Hamill's father was a school-mate of Henry Ward Beecher and of Harriett Beecher Stowe.

She is descended from General John Sullivan, one of Washington's trusted generals, whose sword is a family possession.  She is eligible to both the D. A. R's. and the Colonial Dames.  She is a member of the First Westminster Presbyterian church, a devoted church woman and an interested worker in charitable, civic and social organizations.



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